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Thanks, Slinky.

After all that red-and-black, I thought it was time for something a little more varied. I settled on some crewmen for Ghost Archipelago:


It was a little difficult at first to decide how to approach these guys. At first, the only pirate-looking character I could think of was Captain Hook. Then I remembered that he has a whole crew. This first guy is based on Sharky, one of the henchmen on "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," a show which I enjoy watching (with no irony) with my son. This next guy:



...was inspired by Bones, another henchman from the same program. I kind of wish I'd thought of this before I assembled these models, as there is a different head on the sprue that would have worked better, but which I put on a body without a vest. Ah, well, he's certainly colorful.



I gave this guy stripey pants because pirates wear stripey pants.



This guy has the head I shoud have used for Bones up there. He also has some fabulous MC Hammer pants.



This last guy has the simplest outfit on the whole sprue. I had originally planned on giving him a black or dark brown or black beard, but the off-white undercoat I use under all my skin tones contrasted nicely with the Indian/Pakistani tones I used, so I went with this grizzled salt-and-pepper look instead.

Here they are all together:


But wait! Here are some more models, this time not painted by me.






These Frostgrave barbarians were assembled and painted (almost) entirely by my son. We started them at the same time that I assembled the Frostgrave soldiers I shared a while back, but his at-the-time-eight-year-old attention span meant that it took until last week to finish them. He chose all the colors, and I managed to restrain myself from doing much clean-up on them. He remains particularly proud of the hammer-and-dagger double wield, and the giant wart on the spearman's head. Here they are all together:



Up close, they are pretty sloppy, but at arm's length they are perfectly serviceable troopers. If/when he is able to focus for 30-40 minutes every day, his production will speed up, and thre may be a chance to finally get ahead of the Closet Of Shame.

Finally, a little battle scene:


About the time I finished the crewmen, my son decided it was time to assemble two more sprues worth, so my faithful readers can look forward to ten more piratey guys in September.

As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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That was good thinking on using existing color schemes. That's really impressive about the freehand stripes on the one guy's pants. The gray beard turned out great, and was a good choice. I'm also extremely impressed with your son's painting of those minis. They have a unified color scheme and are very skillfully painted. As a teacher I've gotten quite a few 8-11 year olds interested in miniatures and tabletop games, but none of them have painted a mini as well as those.

   
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Nice crew! And now I must go burn all my modeling supplies- for an eight year old has a steadier hand than me (and better color coordination)!

Really well done, both of you!

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Great job by you and the kid

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Love the fantastically colourful pirates!

And those are some darn good minis from an 8 year old.

   
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Your boy has some pretty decent skills with a brush already, it seems. It's great that you are encouraging him! I look forward to seeing more of his work in your blog, not to mention more of your stuff too.

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Thanks, everyone. The boy has really enjoyed hearing all your comments. I wish we could find more time to sit down and paint together, but there just aren't enough hours in a day, and sadly schoolwork comes first. Still, he hasn't slacked off entirely, as we'll see at the end of this post.

About the time I was finishing up the GA crewmen I posted last time, my son decided that we needed to assemble ten more for me to work on. Here they are:


Another guy with stripey pants, this time in browns. I got the idea from a photo of a cheap Halloween costume that came up on GIS. The other guy is dressed in more standard sailor colors.



The guy with the club has two-toned pants, but I couldn't get the effect right on those MC Hammer pants on the archer.



Not a lot to say about these two, they're pretty simple all around.



These two, along with the axman above, and the two in the next photo were the second batch. I usually work in sets of four or five to keep my production levels up while allowing me time to do justice to the models. The first set all had pretty vivid colors, these guys are closer to pastels. Also, I gave them tanned caucasian skin, while the first batch have much darker skin tones. I find it nice to vary the appearance of my models where I can.



Even hardened sea dogs like these want a bit of color. I feel like the bald guy needs tattoos on his head, but I'm not sure I could pull it off. Here's the whole crew together:


They're standing on an island, one of about ten that I'm working on as free time allows. I plan to make walkways to connect them, allowing me/us to game in a little archipelago.

Finally, a couple of models from my son:


These are Ralarat strikers from the REbs team for Dreadball. He wanted a DB team of his own for his birthday, and while I tried to steer him towards one of the many unpainted teams I have hidden away in the Closet of Shame, this is the one he settled on. He decided to paint these as poison arrow frogs, with blue as the uniform color for the team. I did the eyes, but everything else was him. They are a little sloppy in places, but you can't tell at arm's length,which is a pretty good measure in my book.

Next up, I hope to start working on some Shieldmaidens from Bad Squiddo. As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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The boy is really picking up some of your talent. I like the poison dart frog look, and arms length is definitely a good judge in my book too. It’s one of the things I hated about posting pics initially as close ups showed stuff I otherwise wouldn’t notice.

Pirates are looking great. Even scurvy dogs need a splash of color in their outfits.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Earlobe deep in doo doo

Good stuff also your island is a useful desert hill as well.

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
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Your new batch of pirates is looking good. I always enjoy how well you make the striped and multiple color pants. plus the color choices as well. Your son did a nice job too, choosing poison arrow frog colors was clever.

   
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Nice additions! If pirates can't be flamboyant, then Captain Jack Sparrow has taught us nothing!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

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Thanks, everyone. I had a lot of fun with the crewmen, and my son really gets a kick out of all of your comments. Of course, being only nine means he has a limited attention span, and hasn't picked up a brush since we finished those two models.

It's been kind of slow going for me on the hobby front. As autumn approaches, dawn is coming later and later, and our one remaining dog seems happy to sleep in, meaning I lose about 10-15 minutes every morning due to my own laziness. Still, I managed to get a start on the shieldmaidens from Bad Squiddo:


I tried to keep to a simple palette, based on what little I know of historical vikings, as well as keeping their shields simple. I might try something a little more complex on the next set.



I was a little leery of the eyes on these models. Unpainted, they looked huge, almost like Deep Ones, but they turned out pretty well once I slapped some paint on them. They kind of remind me of Jes Goodwin eyes, at least in terms of how easy they were to work on. This one has crazy eyes, but only from this angle. I don't know why the shield looks so green-- it's yellow and black in real life.



I can't decide if I like this one or the previous one the best.



This one is my least favorite from this set-- the pose it a little stiff and uninteresting.

Here they are all together, along with some scatter terrain for Ghost Archipelago:


The LED strip on my little lightbox is acting weird, and I'm having a heck of a time getting a good lighting setup. Sorry for that. As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Very nice group- the simple pallet is extremely effective taken in the aggregate. Of course, it helps that each individual figure is very well done too....

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

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Those are lovely.
   
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I love the fact that the shields look so realistic, not the normal clean blocks of colour

   
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Meer_Cat wrote:Very nice group- the simple pallet is extremely effective taken in the aggregate. Of course, it helps that each individual figure is very well done too....


Thanks kindly. I based the colors on the illustrations "The Vikings" from Osprey's Elite series, so I can't take full credit.

bbb wrote:Those are lovely.


Thanks *blushes*

Slinky wrote:I love the fact that the shields look so realistic, not the normal clean blocks of colour


The shields are really really nice. The wood grain is crisp, and each individual board is distinct as well. I'm half tempted to try to get a few packs of just the shields to use with other models.

Speaking of other models, I cranked these out over the last three or four days:


These are Berzerkers, also from Bad Squiddo's Shieldmaidens line. They were really easy to paint up, being essentially brown from head to toe.



The same Osprey book I mentioned above says that berzerkers were also referred to as "wolf skins," so did this one in grey.



Although these models show a lot more skin than most BS figures, I'm willing to overlook that because of how thiq they are. This one looks strong enough to have killed the bear whose skin she is wearing. It doesn't who in this photo, but she has a sort of sprts bra-looking thing under those paws.



Another wolf skin. She has that single forelock hairstyle and a really big axe. Another nice thing about these models is that they are all single-piece metal castings, so no pesky assembly.



And one more bearskin. Unlike the previous sets,the eyes on these models are tiny, and I very nearly skipped painting them. The eyes turned out quite badly.

Next up, some armored shieldmaidens, and possibly the Oldhammer skaven gutter runner that I picked up in a trade. As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Too much brilliant work, excellent stuff. So much win going on. Last bunch gave me a warm fuzzy feeling, remind me of playing Age of Mythology. Great stuff.




 
   
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These shield maidens you have been doing are cool. I like the paint jobs.

   
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Continuing with the theme for the month, here are some more Shieldmaidens:



This set are all Hearthguard with Swords. I breifly thought about giving them more ornate designs on their shields, but decided that my freehand skill weren't up to the job, especially over the wood grain. I'll ask you to pretend that I got the angles right on this shield.




This shield turned out much better. I had a lot of trouble doing the eyes on these models, thanks to the noseguards on the helmets. Normally, I do eyes last, right before basing/sealing. In retrospect, I should have done them with the rest of the faces, so I wouldn't have to worry about messing up their helmets. Live and learn, I guess.




The eyes on this one are invisible thanks to the eyepiece on the helmet. It's also my favorite from this set.




The pose on this one is kind of stiff, but she has the best hair of the lot.

Finally, a special guest:


Mantic's Dungeon Saga, particularly the character creation rules, really fired up my son's imagination. After blowing through almost all of the little character sheets that came with the Adventurer's Companion, he pulled out a notebook and came up with rules for Ratmen. Even now, months later, he remains enthusiastic about them, so I've started collecting Oldhammer Skaven. This guy is more proof-of-concept than anything, but he was a fun little diversion. I'll have to work these guys into the rotation.

Finally, a group shot:


Next up, some Mantic ogres. As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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That rat has no chance. Never mess with Norse women, they are the reason the Viking went and did their pillaging and other activities elsewhere....because that was the only time they got to be in charge.

Excellent work on the ladies. I’ve admired some of those sculpts, but since I don’t role play I wouldn’t get much use for them.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Excellent Ratman.

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
 
   
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Excellent work on the shield maidens and the Skaven.

If you have need of some Skaven shout me.

How is Dungeon Saga, I have been eyeing it up a fair bit lately and keep coming back to it.

And just saying, but scrolling through your blog I had a deja vu moment and then remembered having a similar sight scrolling through the blog of that guy with the ultimate fantasy table, loads of beautiful models pro painted. Honestly mate don't knock yourself, you are getting very, very good.




 
   
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Theophony wrote:That rat has no chance. Never mess with Norse women, they are the reason the Viking went and did their pillaging and other activities elsewhere....because that was the only time they got to be in charge.

Excellent work on the ladies. I’ve admired some of those sculpts, but since I don’t role play I wouldn’t get much use for them.


I'm not a role-player either. I started collecting fully-clothed female adventurer miniatures as part of my one-man campaign to add diversity and representation to this hobby, and the more I buy and paint, the more I've come to like them. I have enough for a couple of Frostgrave warbands, and pretty soon I'll be able to play Dragon Rampant with them (play should be in air-quotes, given how rarely I actually play anything).

Llamahead wrote:Excellent Ratman.


Thanks. It helps that he's a Jes Goodwin sculpt

Camkierhi wrote:Excellent work on the shield maidens and the Skaven.

If you have need of some Skaven shout me.

How is Dungeon Saga, I have been eyeing it up a fair bit lately and keep coming back to it.

And just saying, but scrolling through your blog I had a deja vu moment and then remembered having a similar sight scrolling through the blog of that guy with the ultimate fantasy table, loads of beautiful models pro painted. Honestly mate don't knock yourself, you are getting very, very good.


I may take you up on the offer of skaven. I'll have to see if I can maintain my enthusiasm when I finish the ones that I have.

Dungeon Saga is a nifty little game. The rules are pretty simple, and each scenario plays in an hour or less, including set-up. There are rules for playing cooperatively against an AI card deck, but I've not tried them yet.

Also, thanks for your praise. I'm never going to be Golden Daemon/Crystal Brush level, but I am happy with how I'm progressing.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Wow, I really like those berserkers. They look like they would be perfect for Paleo Diet. I think I may have to get some in the future when I have steady income again.

   
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Lovely stuff Josh

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Just catching up, those Frostgrave warbands are awesome. Love the Cultists especially. And you are doing a great job on those Dungeon Saga miniatures, I am a bit green with envy particularly when I look at how well you have done the succubi and the salamander!

   
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Barzam wrote:Wow, I really like those berserkers. They look like they would be perfect for Paleo Diet. I think I may have to get some in the future when I have steady income again.


Thanks. I'm not familiar with that game, but I've seen you reference it in your own PM blog. Is it worth checking out?

JoeRugby wrote:Lovely stuff Josh


Thanks, dude.

Da Boss wrote:Just catching up, those Frostgrave warbands are awesome. Love the Cultists especially. And you are doing a great job on those Dungeon Saga miniatures, I am a bit green with envy particularly when I look at how well you have done the succubi and the salamander!


Thanks. I didn't do anything particularly complex with any of those models, but I'm pleased with how they came out.

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Dude... you’ve been going nuts painting for years, but now you’re out-painting me in Skaven!?!? Dunno if I’m ever gonna live down the shame...

Valete,

JohnS

Valete,

JohnS

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 cygnnus wrote:
Dude... you’ve been going nuts painting for years, but now you’re out-painting me in Skaven!?!? Dunno if I’m ever gonna live down the shame...

Valete,

JohnS


Well, if you want to catch up, you know what to do. You haven't forgotten how to hold a brush, right?

Now showing Mantic dwarfs, painted for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 10/10/2019: 113 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
 
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